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Immortality

The highest level of attainment within the Taoist path is "Immortality." To become an Immortal is something like becoming a Buddha, for a Buddhist; or becoming a Mahasiddha or an Avadhuta - a liberated soul - within the traditions of Hinduism or Advaita Vedanta. It's a big deal! So what exactly is an Immortal? And would you recognize him/her as such, if you met them on the street?

The Eight Immortals Of Taoism
An introduction to Taoism's "Eight Immortals."

Inner Alchemy & Transubstantiation
A comparison of the Christian doctrine of Transubstantiation with a Taoist alchemical view of some of the same processes.

Tonic Gold Herbal/Alchemical Elixir - Spiritual Sunshine!
Tonic Gold is a potent alchemical formula, produced in India by the Hermetic alchemist Petri Murien. It's benefits are many, and a practitioner's discount is available.

Puppetji on all kinds of big questions like Immortality
Who knows what Immortality really is ... but here's someone who I've found to be quite wise (as wise as a puppet can be) about these things. Highly recommended!!

Immortality & Internal Alchemy: Michael Winn Interview
A fascinating interview with Michael Winn - initially appearing in "Empty Vessel" magazine. The focus of the interview is the Taoist idea of Immortality, and how this is related to Internal Alchemy practice. Also includes thoughts on reincarnation, and the relationship between Hindu & Taoist forms of yoga.

Love - The Gateway to Enlightenment
In this beautiful discourse, Paramahamsa Nithyananda offers clear instructions on using Love (for another human, or a pet, or a spiritual Master) as a path to Enlightenment.

The Energy of a Free Being
What would it be like to hang out with an Immortal? With an Enlightened Being? This short video clip by the Zen/Advaita teacher Adyashanti offers a clue ...

Byron Katie: "Confusion Is The Only Suffering"
After a period of debilitating depression, Byron Katie "woke up" with the insight that she didn't have to believe her stressful thoughts ...

Sri Bhagavan: What Is Enlightenment?
Here, Sri Bhagavan approaches this question by examining how our relationship to sensory and mental experience shifts as we access the Enlightened state. Very interesting!

Mingyur Rinpoche on Resting the Mind
Tibetan Master Mingyur Rinpoche describes Enlightened Mind (the Mind of Tao) as being like a crystal ... and offers a simple meditation practice to help us access this.

Eckhart Tolle: "Quite Ordinary"
Eckhart Tolle - author of the best-selling book "The Power of Now" - talks about the ordinariness of the Enlightened Mind.

Mantak Chia on Building the Immortal Body
Taoist Master Mantak Chia talks about the Inner Alchemy practice of building the Immortal Body.

Sai Maa: Choose Enlightenment
Sai Maa speaks of Enlightenment in terms of a shift from a fear-based to a love-based consciousness, and invites us to stop "wanting" and start "choosing."

Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindful Breathing
Can something as simple as being aware of our in-breath and our out-breath be a path to Enlightenment? I guess there's only one way to find out ...

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi: Being a Bird
Here, Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi ~ author of the classic "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" ~ explores the difference between sound and noise ... delightful!

Who Is Milarepa? ~ An ordinary person becomes extraordinary ...
Milarepa is Tibet's most beloved yogi, and a wonderful example of how a very ordinary person - who has struggled in many ways, and even killed 30 people! - could in a single lifetime attain Enlightenment - become an Immortal.

Gangaji: The Ungraspable Offering
Here Gangaji, a teacher in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi, invites us to distinguish between the activity of the mind - with its tendency to grasp and reject - and the Truth of who we are: eternal happiness, peace and love.

"Are We Nothing?"
This animated music video is reminiscent of a children's book, with its playful reflections on the yearning for Immortality.

The Immortal Mahavatar Babaji
The Himalayan Guru Babaji - a Hindu Mahavatar - is believed to have attained absolute mastery over the prana (qi) of his body, allowing him to maintain the same physical appearance for hundreds of years.

Swami Lakshmanjoo: The Powers of a Realized Being
Short essay describing some of the siddhis - or powers - of a God-Realized Being, an Immortal ... including the ability to control the elements of the natural world.

"Heirs Of Immortal Bliss" - Vivekananda's Invitation
Swami Vivekananda - disciple of the great Ramakrishna - speaks at a religious conference in Chicago in September of 1893. Enjoy!

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